Sewing is enjoyable for me, although it still feels much more "uphill," for me. I'm rather particular about how my clothes fit me, so it only makes sense that I would be more intentional about planning how they fit, rather than flying by the seat of my pants. I had never made a muslin, but I'm realizing that this is a great time investment, especially as I make more considered fabric purchases for clothing.
A muslin allows you you test the fit and feel of a pattern with a less precious fabric, so you know what adjustments need to be made. And in this case, my muslin turned out to be an extremely wearable top. Bonus points for feeling more informed and confident about the size I chose, knowing that it fits me well, before cutting out my "final" version in the fabric I bought for my Summer of Basics make-a-long.
Nicholas took a few photos of me wearing this top when we went to the farmer's market this weekend, right before we melted. ;)
Next up will be a dress version in rust-colored double gauze (so soft!) that I'm hoping to have finished in time to wear it for our five-year wedding anniversary later this month.
Pattern: Klein dress, modified into a top, for practicality, and because I didn't have enough fabric to make a dress version.
Size: US 2-4, fits me well
Fabric: printed quilting fabric I've had in my stash for years. I figured that it would be too stiff, especially with a voluminous pattern like this, but I was pleasantly surprised. I used almost exactly 1.5 yards for this top version.
Modifications & notes: Cut bottom "skirt" pieces to 12 inches in length. Serge all raw edges. Straps are 11", at finished length
Next time: No mods for now! It is a rather generous cut, but I wouldn't want it to fit much closer because there aren't any closures; you just pull it over your head. And the weight of the skirt in a knee-length version should pull it in a bit.
Sewing hasn't been my go-to for quite some time. I do enjoy it, but in a home where the setup and takedown are a bit extensive and the "sewing table," aka kitchen table, is feet from the baby's room, the quiet of knitting needles usually wins out. That said, at the end of May, I sewed this top over the course of a few days, and then never shared it. I love how it turned out, I just haven't had occasion to wear it due to weather and lack of social events. I don't reach for tops with sleeves nearly as much on hot days, even if they're breezy and lightweight, like this one. It's one of those tops that I didn't know could become a go-to, until I actually wore it.
I'm slowly chipping away at the list of things I want to knit or sew in 2018, and in the process, I'm gradually overcoming my apprehension about garment making. My first sewing project of the year is a Reversible Metamorphic dress. I love this dress. It's comfortable on its own, and I know it's easily adaptable to a year-round piece with creative layering with long-sleeve tee underneath, or leggings, or a cardigan on top, etc. Plus, I'm pretty excited about how it looks with my Arctic Cardigan, even though it's not pictured here. I don't aspire to have an entirely me-made wardrobe by a long shot, but it is a wonderful feeling to begin to assemble an entire outfit from pieces I've made.
I know I talked a lot about "slow making" in my previous post, and then I went and made 3 garments in 3 days, and you may wonder at the seemingly contrary nature of it all.